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Schools Offering Law Programs in Massachusetts


Each year, approximately 2.7% of Massachusetts graduates receive degrees in law. In other words, every year an estimated 5,880 law professionals graduate from Massachusetts' 62 law schools.

Top Schools

Harvard University, which was ranked 0th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Massachusetts that has a law program. It is located in Cambridge. 758 students graduated with a degree in law from Harvard University in 2010. Harvard University charged in-state students $38,415 in tuition fees per year.

Tufts University, which is located in Medford, is the second-ranked school in Massachusetts that has a law program. It received a ranking of 12th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 18 students graduated from Tufts University law program. The tuition rate at Tufts University was $41,598 per year.

Amherst College, which was ranked 12th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Massachusetts that has a law program. It is located in Amherst. In 2010, Amherst College graduated 14 students from its law programs. Students at Amherst College paid $40,862 per year in tuition fees.

Cost

If you are hoping to attend one of Massachusetts' law schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $16,750 per year, though tuition can range from $41,598 per year to $3,144 per year. In 2010, the following Massachusetts law schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Tufts University - located in Medford, students are charged $41,598 per year
  2. Hampshire College - located in Amherst, students are charged $41,299 per year
  3. Amherst College - located in Amherst, students are charged $40,862 per year

The law schools in Massachusetts that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Bunker Hill Community College - located in Charlestown, students are charged $3,144 per year
  2. Roxbury Community College - located in Boston, students are charged $3,192 per year
  3. Holyoke Community College - located in Holyoke, students are charged $3,276 per year

A law degree from a Massachusetts school... what next?

Law clerk, administrative judge, police officer, court clerk, and paralegal are the professions of choice for a majority of law graduates in Massachusetts. 49,560 law professionals were working in Massachusetts in 2010. Of these, 16,710 were lawyers. In addition, 240 were law clerks, and 60 were administrative judges. The largest populations of Massachusetts law professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Bristol County - 33,680 law professionals
  2. Hartford County - 3,920 law professionals
  3. Windham County - 3,350 law professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 58,150 law professionals will be working in Massachusetts. This would require the number of law professional to grow by 4%.

Salary

On average, law professionals earn $68,569 per year. However, Massachusetts law professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $19,190 per year to more than $165,310 per year in 2010. The following counties in Massachusetts have the highest average salaries for law professionals:

  1. Barnstable County - $68,603 per year
  2. Bristol County - $66,399 per year
  3. Middlesex County - $65,928 per year

On average, law professionals earn the least in the following Massachusetts counties:

  1. Berkshire County - $53,312 per year
  2. Essex County - $53,753 per year
  3. Windham County - $58,784 per year

The law professionals with highest average salaries in Massachusetts were:

  1. Lawyer - $128,370 per year
  2. Administrative Judge - $127,350 per year
  3. Police Detective - $75,590 per year

The law professionals with lowest average salaries in Massachusetts were:

  1. Court Clerk - $41,920 per year
  2. Law Clerk - $41,020 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in law in Massachusetts and to compare salaries with various related fields such as forensic accounting or public administration, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Law in Massachusetts
  • Bachelor's Degree in Law in Massachusetts
  • Master's Degree in Law in Massachusetts
  • Doctoral Degree in Law in Massachusetts
  • Certificate in Law in Massachusetts

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
5,267 miles from location Boston University Boston MA 85.9479 20% 31,960
5,268 miles from location Harvard University Cambridge MA 100.0 80% 27,651
5,266 miles from location Northeastern University Boston MA 82.4476 20% 27,537
5,339 miles from location University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst MA 39.6358 21% 27,016
5,270 miles from location Boston College Chestnut Hill MA 86.2323 25% 15,036
5,263 miles from location University of Massachusetts-Boston Boston MA 23.6688 26% 14,912
5,283 miles from location University of Massachusetts-Lowell Lowell MA 30.5008 37% 13,602
5,265 miles from location Bunker Hill Community College Charlestown MA 10.7498 n/a 11,009
5,255 miles from location Bridgewater State University Bridgewater MA 31.299 32% 10,774
5,268 miles from location Tufts University Medford MA 87.5225 33% 10,252
5,259 miles from location Salem State University Salem MA 26.9378 31% 10,125
5,278 miles from location Middlesex Community College Bedford MA 10.2745 n/a 9,516
5,265 miles from location Suffolk University Boston MA 59.9395 16% 9,148
5,258 miles from location Bristol Community College Fall River MA 11.2418 n/a 8,767
5,301 miles from location Quinsigamond Community College Worcester MA 10.7274 n/a 8,349
5,264 miles from location North Shore Community College Danvers MA 11.9872 n/a 7,968
5,257 miles from location Massasoit Community College Brockton MA 10.1667 n/a 7,941
5,342 miles from location Holyoke Community College Holyoke MA 13.31 n/a 7,473
5,271 miles from location Northern Essex Community College Haverhill MA 9.60858 n/a 7,385
5,305 miles from location Fitchburg State University Fitchburg MA 60.4816 33% 7,043
5,337 miles from location Springfield Technical Community College Springfield MA 13.0038 n/a 6,782
5,348 miles from location Westfield State University Westfield MA 31.0441 37% 5,675
5,303 miles from location Worcester State University Worcester MA 57.4626 33% 5,473
5,274 miles from location Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills MA 13.4837 n/a 5,456
5,336 miles from location Springfield College Springfield MA 31.5966 35% 5,107
5,315 miles from location Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner MA 10.945 n/a 4,761
5,218 miles from location Cape Cod Community College West Barnstable MA 8.73914 n/a 4,657
5,260 miles from location Quincy College Quincy MA 13.6313 n/a 4,361
5,257 miles from location Endicott College Beverly MA 64.4405 30% 4,136
5,334 miles from location Western New England College Springfield MA 25.6194 18% 3,710
5,301 miles from location Clark University Worcester MA 34.2011 20% 3,416
5,336 miles from location American International College Springfield MA 51.0356 31% 3,414
5,266 miles from location Curry College Milton MA 52.1152 19% 3,125
5,302 miles from location Assumption College Worcester MA 29.7589 17% 2,794
5,266 miles from location Roxbury Community College Boston MA 7.90446 n/a 2,749
5,379 miles from location Berkshire Community College Pittsfield MA 11.2065 n/a 2,601
5,347 miles from location Greenfield Community College Greenfield MA 10.9609 n/a 2,546
5,273 miles from location Merrimack College North Andover MA 30.19 18% 2,090
5,337 miles from location Bay Path College Longmeadow MA 60.6795 33% 2,044
5,301 miles from location Becker College Worcester MA 17.8837 34% 1,758
5,338 miles from location Amherst College Amherst MA 86.6099 38% 1,744
5,274 miles from location Lasell College Auburndale MA 54.131 34% 1,672
5,266 miles from location Fisher College Boston MA 24.1178 22% 1,593
5,307 miles from location Anna Maria College Paxton MA 53.6904 26% 1,589
5,304 miles from location Nichols College Dudley MA 52.7968 24% 1,552
5,270 miles from location Mount Ida College Newton Center MA 46.184 31% 1,487
5,338 miles from location Hampshire College Amherst MA 69.1162 24% 1,463
5,301 miles from location Salter College-West Boylston West Boylston MA 23.3217 n/a 1,279
5,339 miles from location College of Our Lady of the Elms Chicopee MA 67.8925 32% 1,260
5,278 miles from location Dean College Franklin MA 51.3531 68% 1,113
5,261 miles from location Eastern Nazarene College Quincy MA 54.2902 35% 1,075
5,269 miles from location Newbury College-Brookline Brookline MA 19.1819 n/a 994
5,267 miles from location Lincoln Technical Institute Somerville MA 21.9743 n/a 859
5,266 miles from location Bay State College Boston MA 35.0114 73% 753
5,282 miles from location Lincoln Technical Institute Lowell MA 21.998 n/a 735
5,261 miles from location Lincoln Technical Institute Brockton MA 19.0986 n/a 730
5,267 miles from location The Salter School-Malden Campus Malden MA 23.0301 n/a 646
5,297 miles from location Atlantic Union College South Lancaster MA 17.9037 n/a 468
5,280 miles from location The Salter School-Tewksbury Campus Tewksbury MA 27.0706 n/a 371
5,375 miles from location Mildred Elley Pittsfield MA 27.7575 n/a 235
5,258 miles from location Marian Court College Swampscott MA 20.3806 53% 230
5,266 miles from location Gibbs College-Boston Boston MA 12.8284 n/a 158
 

Curious what studying Law gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Massachusetts

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Lawyers + 16,710 $128,370 18.3%
2
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers + 16,330 $55,300 6.3%
3
Paralegals and Legal Assistants + 6,530 $50,290 -9.6%
4
Legal Secretaries + 6,260 $48,090 -17.0%
5
Detectives and Criminal Investigators + 1,790 $75,590 65.7%
6
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks + 1,570 $41,920 48.1%
7
Judicial Law Clerks + 240 $41,020
8
Fish and Game Wardens + 70 $49,190 -30.0%
9
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers + 60 $127,350 -68.4%
 

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